The biggest opposition party in South Africa, Democratic Alliance (DA) said although South Africa has been without an Inspector-General of Intelligence (IGI) over a year, they won’t be bullied by the ANC into backing Cecil Burgess’ appointment as South Africa’s new Inspector-General of Intelligence.
To the DA, South Africa’s “Crime Intelligence, Defence Intelligence and other state security apparatuses…have already been abused for political purposes both inside and outside of the ANC,” and “Burgess simply cannot be trusted with the transparency and accountability” of the nation’s important sector.
Disclosing that the party received a letter from the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, calling on the opposition to support the former ANC MP and ‘Secrecy Bill’ author appointment as South Africa’s new IGI, the DA related that “Wednesday’s scheduled vote on the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) report recommending Burgess’ appointment will be the ANC’s second attempt to have it passed.
Attempts by the Speaker, as someone with a duty to remain impartial when presiding over Parliament’s affairs, to coerce the opposition into supporting the ANC’s candidate is highly inappropriate. She clearly has a bias and should recuse herself from Wednesday vote,” DA argued.
Regarding Burgess as “the architect of the ‘Secrecy Bill’ and author of a ‘whitewashed’ report on ‘Nkandlagate'”, the DA vowed that they wouldn’t compromise their “Constitutional duty to ensure that a fit and proper person is put forward, not another ANC cadre mandated to aide President Zuma’s continued campaign of state capture.”
With that, the opposition party stated that the ruling party should be blamed for the delayed appointment and compromised accountability in South Africa’s intelligence services. This is so because of their “refusal to restart the recommendation process and work with the opposition to find a suitable candidate whom all parties can support.